Dear Community and Supporters:
The Savannah State University’s Confucius Institute (SSU/CI) has closed after six years of serving the community. We have gained many supporters and friends since the opening ceremony and have made extraordinary progress in the last six years; this was due to the personal involvement and commitment of Savannah State University, Jiujiang University, Savannah Chatham County Public Schools System, CI students, friends, and the community. Your individual contributions, be it through participation in activities, moral support, volunteerism or philanthropy was the thrust that increased CI’s opportunity to serve the community.
In the spring of 2015 SSU/CI expanded from offering courses on SSU campus to teaching mandarin in a private school, by the end of 2019-2020 academic year CI teachers served five schools in Chatham County from grades K-12.The Confucius Institute final enrollment K-adult for 2020 was over 1800.
Savannah State University Confucius Institute is proud of the service we provided to Savannah’s region. We close our doors having informed, educated and entertained the community. We accomplished our purpose in promoting inter-racial goodwill, teaching language and cultural arts to both young and old people.
In the last six years CI provided over 200 hundred events and cultural activities: concerts, operas, ethnic dances, exhibitions, fairs, festivals, workshops, and lectures. SSU/ Ci sponsored student scholarships, trips to China for students and educators. Students participated in camps, lessons, and tours. Educators networked with like educators and professionals became informed about China’s infrastructure, and toured China.
Humbly we thank you!
Savannah State University will continue through its International Education programs to build new pathways with cultural exchange programs.
We thank you for a great six years of support and in assisting SSU/CI to fulfil its mission, and although we are sad to leave we are proud that we were able to introduce students to a new language and to understanding and appreciating differences in cultures.
SSU/CI’s mission is to serve as a platform that promotes intercultural understanding in the U.S., as well as the study of Chinese language and culture (including art, music and literature), and to enhance educational exchange between the US and China.
SS/CI Directors and Teaching Staff
Title: Professor - Fine Arts
Department: Fine Arts, Humanities and Wellness